Inside the Sustainable Retail Summit

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Deforestation, plastics, food waste, forced labour and health on the agenda of Consumer Goods Forum’s 4th Sustainable Retail Summit.

The program of the 4th Sustainable Retail Summit (SRS) is now finalised. Taking place on October 24 and 25, 2019 in Berlin, Germany, the event will show how the consumer goods industry continues to focus on finding collaborative solutions to address today’s key sustainability and health challenges.

Organised by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), the SRS aims to provide concrete examples of how the consumer goods industry can work with other key stakeholders to accelerate change and implement positive positive actions for business, people and the planet. This year on “Sorting Fact from Fiction and Addressing the Hard Truths” (Making the distinction between fiction and reality and face the hard truths), more than 250 leaders from the fields of sustainability and health are expected at the event to share best practices, solution-focused discussions and networking opportunities.

Organised at the Hilton Hotel in Berlin, the 2019 edition promises to place even greater emphasis on collaboration, innovation, transparency and the implementation of positive change, with an ambitious and pragmatic program, propelling revolutionary startups and concrete case studies on the front of the stage. Topics this year at the BSS will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the post-2020 deforestation agenda, inspiring healthier lives, if enough is done to raise awareness of forced labour, and to dispel the myths surrounding plastic and food waste. It promises to be the must-attend event for major players who are committed to being a force for good.

After a successful event in Lisbon last year, Tom Heap , the BBC’s rural, environmental and science correspondent , will be back to host this year’s BSS and deepen the harsh truths raised by the speakers. Taking up the challenge of examining the key issues facing the industry today.

The edition of the SRS in Berlin will receive the largest number of speakers than any other event of the CGF.

Peter Freedman, general director of the CGF, said: “Collaboration is at the heart of all CGF activities. We have the leadership of CEOs, but we must continue to find new ways to engage and collaborate with governments, NGOs and other key stakeholders if we want to implement positive change on a large scale. The Sustainable Retail Summit brings together these stakeholders to examine the issues that people are most concerned about today. We look forward to welcoming CGF members and non-members for two days of reflection, learning and sharing. We know that inaction and excuses will not be enough. Solutions must be implemented and businesses and governments must rise to the challenge. We need to work together and the SRS is exploring the best ways to do this.”

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